• Can you use Flonase when you have glaucoma?


    Question:

    Can you use Flonase when you have glaucoma?


    Answer:

    As you probably know, the body can absorb steroids into the blood stream. In some patients, this can raise the intraocular pressure (IOP). Flonase is a nasal steroid spray that can raise intracocular pressure. While I cannot speak in absolutes about whether you can use Flonase without knowing your history, I would strongly recommend that you monitor your IOP while using the product. Many glaucoma patients can safely use Flonase without any damaging side effects, but I would have your pressure checked in the first few weeks after starting this medication. If you have a history of pressure elevations associated with steroid usage, I would certainly proceed with great caution.


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